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ON-FARM anaerobic digestion (AD) could be fast-tracked in Wales under new waste plans due to be unveiled by the Welsh government.

The Agricultural Waste Sector Plan (AWSP) is due to be launched later this month and the farming sector is hopeful that AD plants will be a key element of it.

The Welsh government says it recognises the role that farm-based anaerobic digestion can play in producing energy and cutting fertiliser use Officials are said to be examining whether it is appropriate to offer further support to stimulate investment in on-farm renewables such as AD.

The AWSP is one of a suite of plans being developed under Towards Zero Waste - a long-term framework for managing waste in Wales until 2050.

Shadow rural affairs minister Antoinette Sandbach believes there is huge potential for AD in Wales but said many on-farm projects become mired in red tape and opposition from planning authorities.

"While England is pressing ahead with support for anaerobic digestion, it is vital that Wales is not left behind," she said.

"I hope that this new plan for agricultural waste will have support for anaerobic digestion at its heart."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 10, 2013
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